Acer palmerton, commonly referred to as Japanese maples, is a deciduous shrub or small tree with low-spreading forms and distinctively dissected lacy leaves that feature distinct dissection. There are thousands of cultivars and varieties, which differ greatly in leaf coloration, degree of dissection, height requirements and growing conditions.
Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku,’ the coral bark Japanese maple that can reach 30 feet or higher and features an iconic dome-shaped canopy, is one of the more famous species among these. However, smaller alternatives like Acer palmatum ‘Red Wood’ also grow fast and offer an ideal complement to larger specimens like the larger ‘Sango kaku.
There are also green leafed species Japanese maples such as Acer palmatum ‘Shinonome,’ with lighter green leaves speckled with red flecks that are hardier and easier to care for than many cultivars – great plants for beginners to try! Shinonome produces stunning fall color while making an elegant addition to the landscape; additional varieties exist that feature similar green foliage as ‘Shinonome.’